Journal article

Changes in sympathetic neurovascular function following spinal cord injury

Hussain Al Dera, James A Brock

Autonomic Neuroscience | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2018

Abstract

The effects of spinal cord injury (SCI) on sympathetic neurovascular transmission have generally been ignored. This review describes changes in sympathetic nerve-mediated activation of arterial vessels to which ongoing sympathetic activity has been reduced or silenced following spinal cord transection in rats. In all vessels studied in rats, SCI markedly enhanced their contractile responses to nerve activity. However, the mechanisms that augment neurovascular transmission differ between the rat tail artery and mesenteric artery. In tail artery, the enhancement of neurovascular transmission cannot be attributed to changes in sensitivity of the vascular muscle to α1- or α2-adrenoceptor agonist..

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